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Tips & Tricks Tuesday: Tracking conference deadlines

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 by Andrew Conkling

Many students and professionals attend regular conferences throughout the year. This week's tip, shared by nickelsen, describes one way to keep track of upcoming conferences and their deadlines.

Bob T. Monkey's list of conference tasks

Research assistants and PhD students within the same research area often attend the same scientific conferences. Until now, each researcher managed a personal list of relevant conferences, which is redundant work and with the risk of missing good conferences.

Within our group, we now share information about relevant conferences in one RTM-list between researchers. Tasks are created with conference acronym and page requirements as name and submission date as due date. Additional information, such as link to website, is optional but encouraged. Tasks are set to repeat yearly.

This way we all share the latest information, keep track of upcoming deadlines and all contribute to the list when new information is announced. When the deadline has passed, the task is completed, such that it re-appears next year.

When new colleagues join the group, they get immediate access to relevant conference deadlines, and can, in addition, update the list with their own knowledge of conferences, to everyone’s advantage.

Thanks for sharing this tip, nickelsen! You're our Tips & Tricks Tuesday winner this week.

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